Sara Sayles is a member of Ball Janik LLP’s Real Estate and Land Use practices. She has the unique distinction of being both an experienced transactional attorney and a seasoned litigator in diverse areas of law. This allows her to competently and creatively represent property owners, business owners, and local governments in contract drafting and negotiations as well as in administrative and court hearings. In the course of her career, Ms. Sayles has represented insurers, hospitals, financial institutions, business owners, and individuals. She has built strong client relationships by understanding each of her client’s goals and by successfully delivering targeted strategies to achieve them. Along with her land use and real estate practice, Ms. Sayles regularly assists clients with natural resources law, municipal law, and formation and organization of business entities.
Ms. Sayles began her career at a firm of accomplished trial attorneys in Sacramento, California where she defended insurers and hospitals in medical malpractice litigation. She also spent two years as an Assistant Attorney General in American Samoa and worked with the territorial government to defend employment, medical, and workers’ compensation cases. More recently, Ms. Sayles worked at a national financial services and real estate litigation firm and represented financial institutions in real estate matters in state, federal, and bankruptcy courts. She has also worked with various business entity clients to find practical and cost-effective ways to bring their projects from vision to reality. Along with her legal practice, Ms. Sayles serves on the Oregon State Bar Diversity Section Executive Committee and volunteers her time with the Senior Law Project through Legal Aid Services of Oregon.